Music theme focus of First Friday
The reception will be held tomorrow, Friday, May 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Art Center for the Islands, 323 N. Alister St.
Artists Tiddle Caylor, Monique Dix, Marthe Minford-Meas, Doris Rump and Reefka Schneider will be featured. Their art will be on display throughout the month of May at the art center.
Art and music lovers are invited to the free reception that features, in addition to the art exhibit, wine, hors d'oeuvres and music. In this case, Caylor will be making music while his art hangs in the May exhibit.
Caylor has lived in Port Aransas since 1954. He studied summers with Antonio E. Garcia in Mexico and did undergraduate work at the William and Mary Design School in Pasadena, Calif. He painted a mural for the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, and has been published in many publications. His art has been shown at the Art Center of Corpus Christi, the Art Museum of South Texas and the Art Center for the Islands, where he has been a member and a volunteer since 1997.
Dix grew up at the kitchen table with her brothers and sisters creating whatever art her mother had planned as entertainment for the day. She enjoys making pottery, copper-hanging fish sculptures and painting scenes of the coastal area when she visited her mother, the late Alicia Dreessen of Port Aransas. When Dix retires from her retail management career in Houston, she plans to follow in her mother's footsteps and live in Port Aransas.
Minford-Meas attempts to capture the essence of jazz by sketching while watching and listening to live jazz. She began painting in Texas in 1976 and returned to Texas two years ago after five years in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she had a studio and taught poetry at Xavier University. She works at studios in Corpus Christi and Breckenridge, Colo. Her solo exhibition "Writing in Ink", opens tomorrow at Galería Galván in Heritage Park in Corpus Christi at the same time as the First Friday reception will be held.
Rump started painting in grade school and later studied with Robert E. Wood, Rex Brandt, Robert Uecker and Millard Sheets. She also studied interior design, photography and multi-media. She has worked in oil, pastel, charcoal, watercolor and watercolor crayon, with watercolor her favorite. She has been an instructor and a volunteer at the art center.
Schneider, a.k.a. Rivca, is an award winning contemporary realist artist from McAllen. Her work has been exhibited at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg and the International Museum of Art and Science in McAllen. She studied with Emilio Abuguarde of Saltillo, Mexico, and Cathy Goodale of Loveland, Colo. She began working from photographs after a serious accident. She and her husband, Steven, have since collaborated on their poetry and art exhibits. Social justice and human dignity form the core theme of her artwork.
The art center's corporate sponsor for May is the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce-Tourist Bureau.